Geographical Research: Between Rhetoric and Practice

Geography claims to integrate various subjects, connecting a range of disciplines, topics and methodologies by bridging natural sciences with social and cultural studies. As part of its self-conception geography traditionally positions itself as a major force in putting into practice the generally repeated demand for interdisciplinarity.

But do these presupposed “pillars of unity” stand the test of an empirical investigation into geographical research practices? Is the proclaimed interdisciplinary character of geography more than a myth? How dense and extensive is the network of intellectual exchange between physical geography and human geography?

December 2018 – Extension/Renewal of the DFG-funded project approved: GEOcite is in development.

December 2018 – Extension/Renewal of the DFG-funded project approved: GEOcite is in development.

The next phase of our project will focus on the temporal dynamics regarding the constitution of the geographies since 1949. The software GEOcite will be a solution for this purpose: GEOcite will be a monitoring tool for the continuous observation of science within the observed discipline. It serves the automatic collection, preparation and evaluation of recent as well as historical citation data in large dimensions and thus enables the processing of various disciplinary-analytical questions.

Currently, the project team is working on a complete list of all German-speaking professors from 1949 to the present day. More information about backgrounds, objectives and the methodical approach will be available shortly here …